Start your tutorial project off by designing a site assessment base map.
Site Assessment is the key foundation of good designs. Understanding the state of the land and property, gives us insight to the possibilities for increased natural capital and resilient resources.
Base maps include: the buildings and hardscapes, existing foliage, structures, utility lines, topography, property lines, easements, soil data..everything.
All the relevant ecological data is displayed on the base map to guide the design process. It is a permanent record of the site conditions and outputs as a 24" x 36" or 36"x36" paper copy or PDF.
Using the basemap we are guided to align the lifestyle and resources of the land owners with the ecological functions of the land.
Fees for base maps vary based on the complexity and size of the site. Travel to the site is recommended and part of the continuing design process.